A Step Ahead

Memories of summer camp and 8:30 dusks are part of the charm of Jacob’s Pillow, though the rustic Ted Shawn Theatre, framed by midsummery Berkshire forests, doesn’t hurt. “The Pillow" is a place of dreamy high seriousness, and its summer festival, June 14 to August 31, presents the eminent and the little-known—along with the occasional stray moth or bat. This summer there’s something extra: a new studio theater featuring a lineup representative of a younger, less mainstream agenda and appetite. For tickets call 413-243-0745.

The same kind of lively programming has made Lincoln Center’s Serious Fun! such a success. Now into its fourth year, Serious Fun! runs from July 11 to August 3 and presents many disciplines, including dance, performance art, and experimental music. The climax of the series is Megadance, an evening of eight to 10 choreographers and a great way to catch up on who’s who. For tickets call 212874-6770.